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I was reading an article from The New York Times yesterday,
but had difficulty understanding the following article.
Would someone help me with it?
"Foreign powers believed the government would, like other Soviet puppets,
fall on its own, and barring that wanted peace.
I'm not sure of the meaning "~ and barring that wanted peace."
Is "barring" here a preposition or a present particle?
And is "that" a relative pronoun?
I got really mixed up in the last part of the sentence.
In this context, "barring" equals "failing".
"Foreign Powers believed...". There is an expectation of something, they anticipate "the government" will fall.
Should their expectation prove false, or fail to come to pass... "and barring that...".
If "the government" does not fail, the "Foreign powers" want peace.
Thank you for your replies.
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I'm having trouble with.
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